Australian Human Rights Commission marks 20 years of the Disability Discrimination Act
Tue 5 March 2013
Twenty years ago, the Australian government introduced an Act that would, for the first time at a national level, make it unlawful for people with disability to be discriminated against. The genesis of change was the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), which commenced operation on 1 March 1993.
Twenty Years: Twenty Stories marks the Disability Discrimination Act's twentieth birthday with twenty inspiring stories on film. These films depict people with disability who have managed to make the system better on many fronts - transport, employment, access, technology, support and human rights.
Jake Briggs was a qualified carpenter when an accident caused his disability. Carving out his new life in a wheelchair was challenging, but his employer retrained him and created a new role that has given Jake the chance to maintain a career. Watch Jake's film.